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Zidane proud after Real Madrid penalties win

"I'm happy because I've been part of this great club for a long time," said Real Madrid's Zinédine Zidane after a shoot-out win against Atlético Madrid that "could easily have gone the other way".

2016 final highlights: Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético (5-3 pens)
  • Real Madrid win their 11th European Cup, defeating Atlético Madrid on penalties
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scores the decisive ninth spot kick of the shoot-out
  • Substitute Yannick Carrasco cancels out Sergio Ramos's opener
  • Zinédine Zidane expresses his pride at being Real Madrid coach
  • Diego Simeone says Atlético must "get over this and heal our wounds"

Zinédine Zidane, Real Madrid coach
Physically we suffered quite a bit, but that's normal. Mentally it's a lot of pressure that you have to bear. In the end you have to fight and that's what we did. When you win something as big as the Champions League, it means a lot – for the players and the technical staff.

I dreamt of this – I'm very positive. When the president gave me this chance, with this group of players ... when you have players of this calibre, with this talent, you can achieve something big like we did tonight.

I'm happy because I've been part of this great club for a long time now, first as a player, then as assistant and now as head coach. I'm really very proud to be in this great family.

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Both teams got to the very end – the penalties went our way but could easily have gone the other. Congratulations to Atlético and Simeone. He's a great coach, but of course I'm happy with this victory. Carlo Ancelotti said to me: "If you have a chance of winning as head coach, you'll see that it feels nothing like winning the Champions League as a player." It's very special. I'm very, very happy to win the Champions League as a player, assistant and now head coach.

Cristiano wasn't injured. He was there, as were all the other players, and he's given us the victory. He's OK, he battled it out, ran a lot, and he's always been very positive – he's always helped his team-mates. We spoke a bit about which penalty he'd take, but that was it.

Diego Simeone, Atlético coach
It puts a lot of years on you. Firstly, congratulations to Real Madrid – once again they were superior to us, this time at penalties. We started the game badly, then we got ourselves organised from the 20th or 25th minute.

In the second half we could have equalised very quickly, but our intention was clear. We had the capacity to attack. Both teams had chances. We managed to get to 1-1 and then in extra time both teams were very tired. No one remembers who lost – losing two finals is a failure. We have to get over this and heal our wounds.

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The team that wins is always the best – Real Madrid were better because they won. We had the chance to become champions and didn't take it. We need to continue working. I have to think things out on my part and that's what I'll start doing now.

Now what I have to do is go back home and try to heal the wounds with the people who are always supporting me. You do your best, you do everything you can – but you get to two finals and lose them both. When you lose 4-1 after extra time, having led 1-0 for a long period, and then lose on penalties, it's never easy, but my life never is. Getting to two finals in three years is a great achievement for Atlético, but I can't be happy with what I've achieved.